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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because He is a God on the move, and He invites us to get on the move with Him. Come be a part of the most important, life-transforming, world-changing movement in history.

Small Group Questions

1. What is your favorite local “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant? How did you discover it?

2. Read Acts 5:1–11. Why do you think God’s reaction is so severe?

3. Tell about a time when your appearance did not match the reality of your life. How have you seen this be spiritually dangerous?

4. Read Matthew 6:1–4. It’s possible to do the right things for the wrong motives. How have you learned to keep your motives in check when serving or giving?

5. As a group, pray that God will protect Northshore and our hearts from internal threats or impure motives.

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because… Continue reading →

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because He is a God on the move, and He invites us to get on the move with Him. Come be a part of the most important, life-transforming, world-changing movement in history.

Small Group Questions

1. Do you have a favorite Bible verse? Why is it so meaningful to you?

2. If you’re a follower of Jesus, did anyone tell you about persecution before you became a Christian? How did you learn about these verses?

3. How have you experienced persecution? In what ways do we avoid persecution?

4. Read 2 Timothy 3:12. Do you believe this is true?

5. What would it look like to embrace persecution? What decisions are you facing where you might be tempted to avoid persecution?

6. Spend time praying for those being persecuted in our world. Visit Voice of the Martyrs, www.persecution.com/pray, for specific prayer requests and stories.

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because… Continue reading →

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because He is a God on the move, and He invites us to get on the move with Him. Come be a part of the most important, life-transforming, world-changing movement in history.

Small Group Questions

1. What have been the three most important days in your life? Share these with your group.

2. If you have been baptized, tell the group about your baptism experience. What led you to that decision? What was meaningful about that day? If you have not been baptized, what has kept you from taking that step? What is your next step in considering being baptized?

3. Read Acts 2:32–33. How do you understand the word “repent?” How has repentance played out in your life?

4. Read Acts 2:42–47. This passage describes key characteristics in the life of the early church. Evaluate how your group is doing in each of these. What changes or adjustments may need to be made to better reflect their example?

5. Spend some time praying for our church and for your group. Ask God to create in us the same kind of community described in this chapter. How will you help that happen?

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because… Continue reading →

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be a part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world; it’s God’s movement because He is a God on the move, and He invites us to get on the move with Him. Come be a part of the most important, life-transforming, world-changing movement in history.

Small Group Questions

1. Who is the most famous or interesting person in your family tree?

2. What obstacles did the early Christian movement face? What obstacles does it face today?

3. Based on what you know of history, what positive impact has Christianity had on society and culture?

4. Read Acts 1:7–10. How did the belief that Jesus would return motivate their work? How might this reality impact how you live?

5. How are you currently participating in this movement? What are practical ways we can contribute to this movement in our world? What action step will you and your group take?

6. Spend some time asking God to make us aware of our place in His movement. Pray for His movement around the world and in our community.

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be a part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world; it’s God’s… Continue reading →

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Two Pastors.

Two Services.

One Sunday.

Super Sunday.

Listen in as Pastors Jonathan Alexander and Jonathan Wolfgang go head-to-head in one of the most unique messages you will ever hear. For four quarters, they duke it out on the gridiron (well okay…the stage), in an attempt to one-up each other with the greatest “comeback” stories in the Bible.

Small Group Questions

1. What did you do for the game? Did you watch it with friends, by yourself, or not at all?

2. Read Matthew 11:28–29. How has pain impacted your faith? What have you learned about God when dealing with pain?

3. Read James 5:16. How can revealing our sin help us experience healing? Is there someone you can be honest with about your struggles? What can you do to develop these kinds of relationships?

4. Can you think of an instance when failure served as a turning point in your life? Share your experience with the group. How did you come back from this?

5. We talked about five challenges to our faith. Which of these have you dealt with most? How have you experienced a comeback in this area?

Super-Sunday

Two Pastors. Two Services. One Sunday. Super Sunday. Listen in as Pastors Jonathan Alexander and Jonathan Wolfgang go head-to-head in one of the most unique messages you will ever hear. For four quarters, they duke it out on the gridiron (well okay…the stage), in an attempt to one-up each other with the greatest “comeback” stories… Continue reading →

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Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is possible. We are all in need of change in some area of life. Even if you’ve made, and failed, to keep New Year’s resolutions; even if you’re cynical about new beginnings, they are possible, and there is hope. Listen in as we explore how we can all experience and embrace the new beginnings Jesus makes possible.

Small Group Questions

1. What one thing do you most wish you could change about our world?

2. Read Isaiah 65:17–25. What do you most look forward to about heaven?

3. Imagine you were allowed 30 minutes to see and experience heaven. How might that change the way you live in this world?

4. If someone asked about the new beginning(s) in your life, how would you explain your story? Ask at least two members of the group to share how Jesus gave them a new beginning.

5. Read Isaiah 66:18–19. The people of God were called to share their story with the world. When is the last time you shared your faith with someone? How did you do it? What happened?

6. In addition to sharing our story, we have unique opportunities like Super Sunday to bring friends to hear the good news. How can you creatively invite friends to this Sunday? Who are you planning to bring?

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Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is possible. We are all in need of change in some area of life. Even if you’ve made, and failed, to keep New Year’s resolutions; even if you’re cynical about new beginnings, they are possible, and… Continue reading →

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Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is possible. We are all in need of change in some area of life. Even if you’ve made, and failed, to keep New Year’s resolutions; even if you’re cynical about new beginnings, they are possible, and there is hope. Listen in as we explore how we can all experience and embrace the new beginnings Jesus makes possible.

Small Group Questions

1. Are you a handy person? Have you ever tried to fix something you later realized was more than you could handle?
2. Read Isaiah 29:13. Tell about a time these words described your spiritual experience. What are some dangers of this way of life?
3. In what ways were the people of Israel trying to “use” God? How do we try to do this in our lives?
4. What is something counter-cultural you believe God has called you to do? What has kept you from obeying?
5. Read Isaiah 53:1–12. Jesus is the unexpected solution to our needs. As you read this passage, pick a meaningful phrase that describes how Jesus is the solution. How is it meaningful to your life right now? Spend some time thanking God for what He’s done for us.

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Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is possible. We are all in need of change in some area of life. Even if you’ve made, and failed, to keep New Year’s resolutions; even if you’re cynical about new beginnings, they are possible, and… Continue reading →

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Sunday, Jan 11 featured nationally-known speaker Michael Franzese, a former captain of the Colombo crime family-turned-Christ follower, on a new mission to change lives around the world. Listen in on a first-hand example of what it means to have a new identity in Jesus.

Small Group Questions

1. Describe the group of friends you grew up with. In what ways were they good or bad influences in your life? Where are they now?

2. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. If you are a follower of Jesus, what are specific ways God has made you new?

3. Read Hebrews 12:1–3. We have all done things we’re not proud of. In what ways have you been hindered by past mistakes or sins? What did you learn from Michael’s story and example?

4. How might God use your past mistakes or sins to help others? How have you seen Him do this?

5. Spend some time thanking God for making you new. Pray for opportunities to help others with the lessons you’ve learned in life.

6. Super Sunday is February 1! Who might you invite to this unique service? Pray for those you’ll invite.

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Sunday, Jan 11 featured nationally-known speaker Michael Franzese, a former captain of the Colombo crime family-turned-Christ follower, on a new mission to change lives around the world. Listen in on a first-hand example of what it means to have a new identity in Jesus. Small Group Questions 1. Describe the group of friends you grew up… Continue reading →

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According to a recent survey, here were the top five New Year’s Resolutions from last year: 1. Lose weight; 2. Get organized; 3. Spend less, save more; 4. Enjoy life to the fullest, and; 5. Stay fit and healthy.

Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is possible. We are all in need of change in some area of life. Even if you’ve made, and failed, to keep New Year’s resolutions; even if you’re cynical about new beginnings, they are possible, and there is hope. Join us this January as we explore how we can all experience and embrace the new beginnings Jesus makes possible.

Small Group Questions

1. Happy New Year! Share any special traditions or memorable experiences you had during the holidays.

2. When you think of the past, do you tend to remember things as better than (good old days) or worse than (painful old days) they were? How does this affect your life?

3. Think of significant change you have made in your life. What were the key ingredients to your success?

4. Read Isaiah 43:18–21. What new beginning do you want to make this year? What specific steps will you take? How can your group help?

5. Next week Michael Franzese will be our guest. To learn more about Michael, visit his website: michaelfranzese.com. Who are you bringing along to hear his story? Spend some time praying for this Sunday.

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According to a recent survey, here were the top five New Year’s Resolutions from last year: 1. Lose weight; 2. Get organized; 3. Spend less, save more; 4. Enjoy life to the fullest, and; 5. Stay fit and healthy. Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is… Continue reading →

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What words do you think are commonly used to describe Junior Highers? Maybe energetic? Awkward? How about wise?

“Filled with wisdom” is what the Gospel of Luke uses to describe Jesus when he was twelve years old. As a boy, he was intent on growing in wisdom. Join us Sunday as Pastor Tom Regan explores what we can learn from the boy Jesus, and what it means to follow him in the pursuit of true wisdom.

Small Group Questions

1. Is there a Christian in your life who is wise? What is it about their way of life that reveals their wisdom?

2. Read Isaiah 11:1–2, which is about the Messiah. Can you think of examples from the gospels where you see these very qualities in Jesus? What does it mean that the Spirit supplied Jesus increasing wisdom, understanding, etc.?

3. Read Luke 2:46–47. How have you benefitted from Bible study and conversations about Bible and theology? How can you continue to grow from these things?

4. Why is greater Bible knowledge not the same as wisdom? What’s the danger in thinking they are the same things?

5. Read Luke 2:49. In what ways have you experienced a fullness and flourishing through doing God’s will? Where do you need help in doing God’s will? Pray for these things.

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What words do you think are commonly used to describe Junior Highers? Maybe energetic? Awkward? How about wise? “Filled with wisdom” is what the Gospel of Luke uses to describe Jesus when he was twelve years old. As a boy, he was intent on growing in wisdom. Join us Sunday as Pastor Tom Regan explores what we can learn from… Continue reading →